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Where can I get a silver threepence from?

John Conlin / 23 November 2016

A reader would like to know where to find replacement silver coins for the Christmas pudding after the theft of their silver threepences.

The traditional silver sixpence in a festive Christmas pud
Silver coins, usually threepences or sixpences, are traditionally put into Christmas puddings


My family has always been very traditional and included silver threepenny (3d) pieces in our Christmas pudding. Sadly, they were stolen in a burglary and I wonder if it is possible to buy replacements – preferably genuine? Or what alternatives could we use?


Putting coins in Christmas puddings is controversial these days on various health and safety grounds. Nevertheless, it is an age-old custom and many people continue to do it. Purists consider modern coins a no-no and only silver 3d pieces will do or, perhaps, an old sixpence. 

Dealers such as Dauwalders of Salisbury are a good source of silver 3d coins,, 01722 412100. Or try eBay, where prices range from £1 to £10. Non-traditionalists may like to use silver charms instead.

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